About

Interesting People Reading Poetry is a short, sound-rich podcast created by Andy & Brendan Stermer. We ask artists and luminaries to read us a favorite poem and share what it means to them. Guests include U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar, photographer Alec Soth, painter Enrique Martínez Celaya, and biblical translator Robert Alter, among many others.

We’ve been featured by the Los Angeles Review of Books, CBC Podcast PlaylistMinnesota Public Radio, Minnesota Monthly, the Poetry FoundationFlyover, and elsewhere.

Brendan Stermer, Andrew Stermer
Andy Stermer (composer, producer, editor) & Brendan Stermer (host, producer, editor)

With their favorite poem for a prompt, our guests have explored questions including: ​Is deep attention a form of prayer?What is the difference between narcissism and self-love?​;How can poetry save science from itself?; Why should we not steal the brown pills from granny’s medicine cabinet?

We feature one short listener poem at the end of every episode. To submit, call the Haiku Hotline at 612-440-0643 and read your poem after the beep. For the occasional prompt, follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Contact us at interestingpeoplereadingpoetry@gmail.com.

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